5BBC - New York's Five Borough Bicycle Club


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Staying alive

Rules of the road

Bike rides: regional

  • BIKE NEW YORK - The Five Boro Bike Tour (May 4, 2008) is the largest recreational cycling event in the U.S.
  • Montauk Century (May 18, 2008). 5BBC's own mega-event. Pedal the back roads from the city through the Hamptons to the ocean: 65, 100, or 140 miles on Long Island's South Shore.
  • Harlem Valley Rail Ride (July 27, 2008). Ride a rail trail and country roads in rural upstate Harlem Valley. Sponsored by BIKE NEW YORK.
  • NYC Century Bike Tour (September 7, 2008), sponsored by Transportation Alternatives, is advertised as "America's only fully urban century ride".
  • Golden Apple Tour (September 14, 2008), Ride 25-125 miles in the beautiful Northern Westchester countryside. Sponsored by the Westchester Cycle Club.
  • Twin Lights Ride (September 28, 2008), Monmouth County, NJ. Sponsored by BIKE NEW YORK.
  • Escape New York Century (2008 date not set), NYCC's annual ride through Bergen and Rockland counties.
  • MS Bike Tour (October 5, 2008). Make a difference in the fight against MS. Sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
  • Tour de Bronx (October 19, 2008), sponsored by Transportation Alternatives, is New York’s largest free cycling event.
  • For more regional rides, see our expanded Regional Roundup listing.
  • Cyclotour Cycling Events Calendar has even more rides and events.

Bike rides: elsewhere

  • 3-State 3-Mountain Challenge ride (May 3, 2008). This over-the-top Appalachian ride includes 3 states (Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia), 3 mountains, 100 miles, and nearly 10,000 feet of climb. "Hailed by cyclists as the most unique century they've ever ridden." No kidding. Also shorter options with only 1 or 2 mountains. Sponsored by The Chattanooga Bicycle Club.
  • Le Tour de l'Île de Montréal (June 1, 2008). The world's largest bike tour, with 45,000 participants. Length of the ride and pace are similar to Bike New York. Sponsored by Vélo Québec.
  • RAGBRAI - The Des Moines Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (July 20-26, 2008). Most New Yorkers don't know RAGBRAI from matzo brei, which is a shame, because this event is huge: 8500 cyclists, 7 days, 500 miles.
  • Mad River Valley Century (August 23, 2008). See the towering Green Mountains while you ride the gentle river valleys. Get up close and personal with Vermont's most scenic countryside on "one of the best century rides in the northeast". Sponsored by Hyde Away Inn, Waitsfield, VT.
  • Seagull Century (October 4, 2008), sponsored by Salisbury University. Ride Maryland's Eastern Shore.

Bike clubs

Non-bike clubs

  • Miramar Ski Club is a volunteer, not-for-profit organization that runs bus trips from NYC to Vermont every weekend during ski season. Activities include downhill, cross-country, and snowboarding. Guests are welcome.
  • Ski Club of New York, offers winter trips to New England and the Adirondacks. All trips feature snowboarding, downhill and cross country skiing, and some allow for snowshoeing.

Advocacy organizations

  • Time's Up! is a not-for-profit New York City-based direct-action environmental group that uses events and educational programs to promote a more sustainable, less toxic city.
  • Transportation Alternatives is a 5000-member NYC-area non-profit citizens group working for better bicycling, walking and public transit, and fewer cars.
  • Neighborhood Open Space Coalition (NOSC), part of the TreeBranch Network, is dedicated to improving New York's parks, waterfronts, community gardens, and open spaces through advocacy, research, education, and planning.
  • The Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance is a growing network of organizations and concerned individuals dedicated to helping this region reclaim and reconnect to our greatest natural resource--the harbor, rivers and estuaries of the New York and New Jersey waterfront.
  • League of American Bicyclists (LAB). 5BBC is an affiliated club of LAB, which promotes the interests of bicyclists nationwide.
  • New York Bicycle Coalition provides a coherent, credible voice for the interests of all bicyclists in the state, on- or off-road, recreational or racer.
  • Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is dedicated to creating a nationwide network of public trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors.
  • The Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) believes that in the battle with cancer, unity is strength, knowledge is power and attitude is everything. Founded in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, the LAF provides the practical information and tools people living with cancer need to live strong.

Bicycle rental

Bicycle recyclers

  • Recycle-a-Bicycle NYC is a hands-on way to promote everyday bicycle use, learn bicycle mechanics, interact with positive, forward-thinking NYC youth and a good place to find that city bike you need!

Getting around

Parks and recreational facilities

Bicycling discussions

  • 5BBC Message Board. Got a bicycle-related question or info you want to share? Post it here!
  • Ebikes. NYC area web bicycle server. Includes links to other local cycling clubs.

Bicycling information